Amlogic S905X

dolamee D6 Android TV Box Features Amlogic S905X and LED Display

The dolamee D6 is a new Android TV box powered by the quadcore Amlogic S905X that boasts an LED display and an interesting design.

It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and features 1GB or 2GB of DDR3 RAM (depending on the model), 8GB of storage, 2.4GHz wifi, 100Mbps Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0.

There’s also an LED display that shows status indicators and the time.

The dolamee D6’s design is interesting, reminding me of a chocolate block. It’s won’t make the box perform better but I love when brands come up with original designs.

Inside the box, you’ll get the dolamee D6, IR Remote Control, HDMI Cable, Power Adapter, and an English Manual.

The dolamee D6 is available from GearBest and Banggood starting from $39.99 for the model with 1GB RAM. It’s currently on pre-order, with orders expected to ship early March.

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Xiaomi Release Xiaomi 3S and 3C Android TV Boxes with Amlogic SoCs

Xiaomi have unveiled two new 4K-capable Android TV boxes called the Xiaomi Mi 3S and Xiaomi Mi 3C – both based on the successful Xiaomi Mi 3.

The Xiaomi 3S is considered the high end model and is powered by newer quadcore Amlogic S905X. It also features 2Gb of DDR3 RAM, 8gb of storage, dual band wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.1. It’ll support 4K 60fps video playback and HDR video for those with recent 4K TVs.

You’ll also get the company’s MiTouch IR remote which features a touch ring which the company claims improves the browsing experience.

The 3C sees a slight reduction in specs, with both RAM and storage halving to 1gb and 4gb respectively. That 4GB will get pretty tight for apps which will limit you somewhat. However, 4K 60fps playback and HDR video will still be supported.

It’s also important to note that Ethernet is only available via a USB adapter, though the wireless AC should cover most streaming situations.

One really interesting feature is the new PathWall artificial intelligence which the company claims will learn what content you like and suggest similar items. I’m not sure how well this will work outside of the China however.

There’s no word whether English is supported, though English translations have been added in for previous Xiaomi Android TV boxes thanks to the dedicated work of developers.

Inside the box you’ll get the Xiaomi 3S/3C Android TV box, IR remote, power adapter, AA batteries, HDMI cable, and a Chinese instruction manual.

Where to Buy the Xiaomi 3S/3C

The Xiaomi 3S/3C is available from GearBest starting from $58.99.

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Zidoo Release Zidoo A5 and A5S Powered by the Amlogic S905X

Zidoo have been hard at work. After the recent release of the Zidoo X9S, the company is back with two new models – the Zidoo A5 and Zidoo A5S.

Both run Android 6.0 running on the quadcore Amlogic S905X. The A5 is lower-end model, featuring 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 8GB of eMMC storage, b/g/n wifi, 100Mbps Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Zidoo A5S gets a slight spec boost, with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, and dual band wireless AC.

From the marketing materials, both devices with feature Zidoo’s excellent ZIUI launcher plus their usual assortment of apps and features such as OTA updates and ZDMC – their custom Kodi fork.

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Zidoo are also one of the better manufacturers in terms of support, with their devices receiving regular firmware updates after release unlike some manufacturers.

Inside the box, you’ll get the Zidoo A5/A5S Android TV box, IR remote, HDMI cable, power adapter, and a user manual.

Where to Buy the Zidoo A5/A5S

You can buy the Zidoo A5/A5S from GeekBuying starting at $63 at the time of writing.

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Sunvell T95P Android TV Box Fits Inside The Plug

Another day, another Sunvell Android TV box. The Sunvell T95P is a new Android TV box powered by the quadcore Amlogic S905X that features a pretty unique form factor.

The Sunvell T95P is actually so compact that it actually is mounted directly to the plug. We’ve seen this done before with the original Xiaomi Mi Box but these are few and far between.

The specs are pretty standard for Amlogic S905X devices. You’ll get 8GB of eMMC storage, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 2.4GHz b/g/n wifi and Bluetooth 4.0. Ethernet doesn’t make an appearance, presumably due to keep everything compact.

There’s not much info around the software side. However, expect the launcher that’s shipped with other recent Sunvell units. The listing also mentions that Kodi 16.1 will come pre-installed.

Inside the box, you’ll get the Sunvell T95P Android TV box, IR remote, HDMI cable, power adapter, and a user manual.

Where to Buy the Sunvell T95P

The Sunvell T95P is available from GearBest for under $50 at the time of writing.

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Probox2 Air Android TV Box Review

The Probox2 Air is a new Amlogic S905X Android TV box from the company. How good is it? Read on to find out!

I want to say thanks to W2Comp for sending me a sample to review. Check it out at their store below.

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In This Review

Probox2 Air Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    AMLogic S905X
  • CPU CPU
    Quad-Core Cortex-A53 up to 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Penta-Core ARM® Mali™-450
  • Operating System
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • RAM
    2GB DDR3
  • Storage
    16GB eMMC
  • Other Features
    IR Sensor
  • Power
    DC 5V/2A

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 2.0
    Composite
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 2.0
  • Other Interfaces
    2 x USB 2.0
    MicroSD Card Slot

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz)
  • Ethernet
    100Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Physical

  • Dimensions
    99x107.5x16.3mm
  • Weight
    190g

What’s in the Box?

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Inside the box, you’ll get:

  • Probox2 Air Android TV Box
  • Power Adapter
  • IR Remote
  • HDMI Cable
  • English User Manual

Probox2 Air Review: Hardware

The Probox2 Air a is pretty traditional looking Android TV box, despite the company boasting it was designed in Sweden.

It’s a traditional looking black square, with a Probox2 logo on the top and ports on the sides and rear of the unit.

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The case has a nice rubberised matte finish which helps minimize fingerprints.

In terms of ports, the left side of the unit has a USB 2.0 port and microSD card slot whilst the right features the wifi antenna port.

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As you’ve already guessed, most of the ports are around the back. Here you’ve got DC In, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, Ethernet and Optical audio out.

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I really wish that Probox2 had added at least one front facing USB port, as plugging in USB devices on the sides or rear can be a little awkward.

In terms of remotes, there’s actually two available for the Probox2 Air. The included IR remote is a typical IR remote with media controls and shortcut keys. The buttons are clicky like most cheap included remotes. It’s functional but could definitely be improved.

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Now, I always recommend an air mouse for the best experience and Probox2 have their own solution.

The Remote is available as part of a bundle. It’s a decent air mouse, with media controls, microphone for voice recognition and gaming controls. For more info, check my previous review of it here.

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Probox2 Air Review: Software

The Probox2 Air automatically powers up when plugged in. A cold boot takes around 30 seconds with a wireless keyboard and mouse connected.

There’s a setup wizard which takes you through the setup process on first boot which goes a long way towards making the Probox2 Air more user-friendly compared to some of the other Android TV boxes on the market.

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The Probox2’s Apex user interface is attractive and minimal. Adopting a grey color scheme and flat tiles for apps, it looks very modern. There’s also a switch function that allows quick access to your favorite launcher if you prefer.

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There’s a few pre-installed apps such as Happy Cast for AirPlay streaming, Netflix, as well as Kodi 16.1 (pre-loaded with a number of add-ons). The Google Play store is also available so you can install your favorite apps.

The Probox2 Air is also rooted out of the box for those that need it.

OTA updates are supported for easy updates. When I first booted up the box, I got a notification that an update was available. The updating process was painless, with the box downloading and automatically applying the update once I confirmed it.

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The Amlogic S905X does a good job handling Android 6.0. Navigating through Google’s OS feels snappy. I did find that some apps took a second to close which seems to be common across Amlogic S905/S905X Android TV boxes.

HDMI CEC is also available under the box’s settings though I wasn’t able to get it working with my Samsung TV so I’m not sure if it’s a firmware or compatibility issue.

Probox2 Air Review: Media Playback

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Video playback was tested using Kodi 16.1 from Google Play.

CodecVideo Performance (Kodi 16.1)
1080p 3D SBS H.264
1080p 3D ABL H.264Needed to disable amcodec in Kodi Settings
1080p24 H.264
1080p High Bitrate H.264
1080p60 H.264
720p50 H.264
1080i25 H.264
4K 30FPS H.264Needed to disable amcodec in Kodi Settings
4K 60FPS H.264Unwatchable – Skipped Frames
1080p24 HEVC
4K 30FPS 8-bit HEVC
4K 30FPS 10-bit HEVC
1080p VP8
720p Hi10p
1080p Hi10pUnwatchable – Decoding Issues
1080p MPEG2
1080p VC1
Unencrypted Bluray ISO (Sintel)

Media playback on the Probox2 Air was generally good, handling all of the codecs without issue. I did notice that, in order to get some of the test samples to play, I needed to disable Amcodec in Kodi’s settings.

Automatic framerate switching is unfortunately not supported, so it’s something to take note of.

Streaming 4K video from an NFS share via WiFi worked perfectly without any buffering which is great for those with wireless setups.

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5.1 Audio Passthrough

Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough via HDMI worked fine via Kodi 16.1

Netflix

Netflix is compatible with the Probox2 Air. However, as it isn’t a Netflix-certified device, you can only watch it in SD quality.

For more on HD Netflix on Android TV boxes, check out my guide.

External Storage Support

Playing back movies from my 2.5″ USB-powered HDD and USB flash drive worked perfectly.

Probox2 Air Review: Gaming Performance

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To test gaming performance, I installed 2 games, 1 2D and 1 3D title:

The Amlogic S905X doesn’t have the most powerful GPU and this is reflected during the gaming tests.

The 2D Jetpack Joyride plays smoothly. Beach Buggy Racing also achieved a playable framerat, though there were noticeable framerate drops when there’s a lot of action on screen.

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Gaming Controllers and Bluetooth

My GameSir G4S (read my review) paired up fine via via Bluetooth and worked perfectly with Beach Buggy Racing.

Probox2 Air Review: Benchmarks

BenchmarkScore
Antutu 6.1.434151
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited7042
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme4284
GeekBench 4.0.1 Single Core660
GeekBench 4.0.1 Multi Core1652

Verdict

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The Probox2 Air is a decent Android TV box from the company. Although gaming performance was predictably average thanks to the Amlogic S905X, media playback was generally good (providing you don’t need automatic framerate switching). As long as you’re aware of it’s limitations, the Probox2 Air is a decent Android TV box.

Pros

  • Intuitive UI with Setup Wizard
  • Lots of customisation

Cons

  • Netflix limited to 480p
  • No Automatic Framerate Switching in Kodi
  • Average Gaming Performance

Getting One

The Probox2 Air is available from W2Comp directly or via their Amazon and eBay stores.

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